West Tulsa standoff ends with arrest and house fire

Monday, June 17th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

A west Tulsa standoff comes to a fiery end Monday afternoon. A shot was fired in the process as deputies arrived to help.

New on Six reporter Emory Bryan says the standoff started just before noon, with a threatening phone call to 911 in Tulsa. But several hours before - the suspect had an encounter with police in Kiefer.

Tulsa County Sheriff’s office deputy Sgt Scott Vickers, "He came here and threatened his parents, called 911 and we were dispatched. He told dispatchers he had a gun in his mouth, finger on the trigger." But he was still holed up inside when Tulsa County Sheriff's deputies arrived.

They say the suspect - Danny Owen - told their dispatcher he wanted to kill himself and burn the house. During negotiations, deputies saw him with a gun - as he ventured outside. The special operations team was called out to handle the situation. "He had made threats he had a can of gasoline and was going to burn the house down so we called the fire department out before anything happened and obviously the fire started."

Deputies talked him out - but say before he walked out - he set fire to his parent’s house. Thick black smoke poured out of the small house - as more fire trucks rushed to the scene. The fire - started with gasoline - burned the house almost completely. Deputies say they aren't sure why Owen threatened his parents - or himself - or why he burned the house - especially since he walked out with car titles and other important papers to save them from the fire.

Kiefer Police say the were at Danny Owen's house Monday morning, because of a loose, aggressive dog. The dog was taken away - and several hours later, Owen showed up his parents house threatening suicide.

Now he's been taken away, arrested on weapons and arson complaints.